Matt Bandi

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    Vazquez does not expect to make team

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    2010 player projections

    There are numerous player projection systems available to the public these days. I figured I would throw my hat into the ring. These are mostly just for fun, but I hope you enjoy.

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    Three pitching prospects to miss start of season

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    What caused the second-half collapse in 2009?

    The Pirates performed at a historically poor level after the trade deadline in 2009. Fans have criticized the front office for making few changes to that...

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    Dotel throws off mound

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    Andrew McCutchen vs. Justin Upton: A contract analysis

    Andrew McCutchen - Trev Stair, Flickr.comJustin Upton signed a six-year, $51.25 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks last week. Andrew McCutchen is at a similar career point as the Diamondbacks' young phenom, so it is reasonable for...

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    A quarter-century as a Pirates fan

    I have spent the past 25 years cheering on the Pirates. From the days of Rafael Belliard and Jose Lind to Jack Wilson and Andrew McCutchen, it has been mostly an experience of disappointment and heartbreak. But I would not trade the memories for anything in the world. Join me as I...

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    Optimizing the Pirates' lineup

    Akinori IwamuraAdjustments to the batting order generally make very little difference over the course of 162 games. What matters is who is in the lineup, not the order in which they bat. That being said, every single run...

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    Pirates plate discipline in 2009

    Andy LaRochePatience is an issue that the Pirates have seemed to struggle with at the plate for years. Unfortunately, it did not get much better in 2009. A number of the team's hitters battled free-swinging tendencies, and the numbers...

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    Is Bob Nutting pocketing profits?

    Bob Nutting announces the firing of Dave Littlefield - Andy Starnes, Post-GazetteIf you don’t trust Bob Nutting, that’s fine. I’m not sure I completely trust him myself. But let’s...